Nauset Bike Trail partial closure in effect
The Nauset Bike Trail between Salt Pond Visitor Center and Tomahawk Trail will be closed from October 30 to mid-December for rehabilitation. No bike or pedestrian access will be allowed during this time.
Access at seashore locations
The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a storm last winter. For current conditions, check at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore Great White Shark Safety
Contact: Goerge Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
Summer has arrived on the Outer Cape! Visitors are coming to Cape Cod National Seashore to enjoy its abundant recreational opportunities, and for rest and rejuvenation. For locals, summer often means company, cookouts, and playing "tourist" with family and friends.
Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price reminds visitors and residents that we share the national seashore with native wildlife. Recently, Cape Cod's great white sharks and gray seals have gained local and national attention. Both species existed long before Cape Cod was settled or became a popular destination, and in recent years their numbers have increased. Sharks have existed for more than 400 million years.As top predators, sharks are critical for maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem.
Seals are the major prey species for the great white shark, and as the seal population increases, the great white sharks have become more numerous. In recent years there have been confirmed reports of great white sharks feeding on seals close to shore, as well as great white shark sightings from spotter planes flying along the Outer Cape and near swimming beaches. While it is rare for a great white shark to bite a human, it did occur in Truro in 2012.
To stay safe and to protect wildlife:
The national seashore, the towns of Cape Cod and the Islands, the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy have worked together to produce shark advisory signs for beaches, and brochures that provide education and safety tips for beach users.Brochures about shark information may be obtained at all National Park Service beaches and be seen on the park's website at nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.